- an authoritative command, message, or signal by which one is summoned.
- a request, demand, or call to do something: a summons to surrender.
- a call or citation by authority to appear before a court or a judicial officer.
- the writ by which the call is made.
- an authoritative call or notice to appear at a specified place, as for a particular purpose or duty.
- a call issued for the meeting of an assembly or parliament.
- to serve with a summons; summon.
Origin of summons
- to call upon to do something specified.
- to call for the presence of, as by command, message, or signal; call.
- to call or notify to appear at a specified place, especially before a court: to summon a defendant.
- to authorize or order a gathering of; call together by authority, as for deliberation or action: to summon parliament.
- to call into action; rouse; call forth (often. followed by up): to summon all one's courage.
Origin of summon
Examples from the Web for summons
They say, ‘If we catch you out there, we’re going to write you a summons.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
On July 8, a summons was sent to Zhang alerting her to the lawsuit, and on July 11, Nan Shi lost her job.Female Yahoo Exec Accused of Sex Abuse Fires Back
July 18, 2014
This summons all the proximate Beyoncé voters, as we reply in a full-throated roar, “ALLLLLL THE SINGLE LAAAAADIES!”Getting to Know the ‘Beyoncé Voter’
Kelly Williams Brown
July 7, 2014
Du Maurier was one of the great names of British theatre, she regarded ‘a summons’ from him to be a ‘bugle call from Olympus.’Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art
January 25, 2014
In Oxyana, the performances he summons from his interview subjects are truly heartrending.Vimeo Presents: The Top 10 Videos of 2013
December 20, 2013
Hold thyself in readiness to come down upon the first summons.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
She had been summoned to the last meal of the day, but had forgotten the summons.Weighed and Wanting
At last there was the summons to saddle, and Lauzanne was brought into the stall by Dixon.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
She had obeyed my summons like a dog who remembered a former discipline.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Seth made no outcry; he knew what the summons meant, and he was content.A Little Book of Profitable Tales
- a call, signal, or order to do something, esp to appear in person or attend at a specified place or time
- an official order requiring a person to attend court, either to answer a charge or to give evidence
- the writ making such an orderCompare warrant
- a call or command given to the members of an assembly to convene a meeting
- to take out a summons against (a person)
- to order to come; send for, esp to attend court, by issuing a summons
- to order or instruct (to do something) or call (to something)the bell summoned them to their work
- to call upon to meet or convene
- (often foll by up) to muster or gather (one's strength, courage, etc)
Word Origin and History for summons
c.1200, from Anglo-French, Old French sumundre "summon," from Vulgar Latin *summundre "to call, cite," from Latin summonere "hint to," from sub "under" + monere "warn, advise" (see monitor (n.)). Summons "authoritative call to be at a certain place for a certain purpose" is late 13c., from Old French sumunse, noun use of fem. past participle of somondre. Summoner "petty officer who cites persons to appear in court" is from early 14c.; contracted form sumner is from mid-14c.